Bonnie Wright talks directing and prostitution

Bonnie Wright, aka Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series screened her directorial debut short Separate We Come, Separate We Go in the Cannes market place this afternoon.

It’s wistful tale of the friendship between a lonely child (Bonnie Wright lookalike Emily Dunham) and a bereaved man ( Harry Potter (opens in new tab) alum David Thewlis) set again the barren beaches of Dungeness.

Total Film caught up with Bonnie post screening.

“The place has a big connection for me. I spent a lot of time there when I was younger” she revealed.

“I’ve learnt so much from doing that short. I really respond to putting myself out of my own depth and finding my feet. That idea of going for it – there’s nothing else to lose – the story paralleled the process of making it.”

Wright is planning to follow it up with further shorts though she won’t be giving up acting. Her latest project, In Want Of A Wife , begins shooting at the end of this year.

“I play a character called Lydia, it’s set in the late 1700s and she starts as a eloped young daughter of a clergyman. She’s eloped with a lieutenant and they go into what you think is a little hotel but she wakes up to find the lieutenant is gone and she’s left there alone and the hotel is actually a brothel.” Wright explains.

“She’s trapped. She has to pay for the night before that she’s spent with the lieutenant, she can’t go back to her father because she’s eloped – it’s basically how she has to turn to prostitution. “

This will be Wright’s first leading role. It’s a big leap from Harry Potter’s love interest, but it’s a challenge Wright is happy to embrace.

And will there (gulp), be any nudity required?

“Within that period it was very untoward to see any flesh.” Grins Wright. “If there is it’s just a shoulder…”

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